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And to that I will add, there are just as many if not more that will and do approve of these heads. Have you surveyed this with all the machinists in the country. If your saying that these machinists find the Dart Platinum Pro 1's a better choice then I would have to aggree for many good reasons. But for several reasons, strange as some may be, the PC heads have a place, and they are very reliable and strong performers.
To be honest I haven't talked to any of the machinists I use and/or trust that will recomend them. They'll rework them (money is money), but they all recomend staying away.

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I've got a Scat crank in a 383 cid engine I built about 6 yrs ago...

Although the crank was new , my engine guy had the crank cut 10 - 10 to straighten up the clearances for the bearings. The crank was not ground correctly. I hear some of these cranks are still "out" sometimes?

I have a new set of old design pistons ( hyperutechnic) for 5.7 rods... I may assemble another engine soon for an old class C chevy motorhome. I hope it will tow better than the 350 motor did

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And to that I will add, there are just as many if not more that will and do approve of these heads. Have you surveyed this with all the machinists in the country. If your saying that these machinists find the Dart Platinum Pro 1's a better choice then I would have to aggree for many good reasons. But for several reasons, strange as some may be, the PC heads have a place, and they are very reliable and strong performers.
you mention that you guys build these motor's, that's weird cause i have seen the exact same motor with the exact same specs and exact same valve covers, everything, being sold by other performance shops.

i have nothing against skip white's performance shop as i have bought a few products online from them and they have been good quality and have been received in a very timely fashion.

you mention that these heads are strong performers, i disagree, they dont have good flow numbers at all. they dont flow any better than a set of RHS 180 pro actions and if you compair them to a set of RHS/DART/brodix/AFR... the list goes on heads with the same runner sizes you will really see where they are inferior. i've also heard that they are made with inferior metals/aluminum and that is why you can buy them online all day long for 649.99 (you get what you pay for).

i too know machinest who will use PC products, but only when given a very low budget or when dealing with someone who askes for them beacuse of their price, if you ask a machinest if they would build their own motor with them they will tell you NO!!!

one other thing is to use 210cc heads on a 383 with the hyd cam used and to make 440hp is all mismatched.
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you mention that you guys build these motor's, that's weird cause i have seen the exact same motor with the exact same specs and exact same valve covers, everything, being sold by other performance shops.

i have nothing against skip white's performance shop as i have bought a few products online from them and they have been good quality and have been received in a very timely fashion.

you mention that these heads are strong performers, i disagree, they dont have good flow numbers at all. they dont flow any better than a set of RHS 180 pro actions and if you compair them to a set of RHS/DART/brodix/AFR... the list goes on heads with the same runner sizes you will really see where they are inferior. i've also heard that they are made with inferior metals/aluminum and that is why you can buy them online all day long for 649.99 (you get what you pay for).

i too know machinest who will use PC products, but only when given a very low budget or when dealing with someone who askes for them beacuse of their price, if you ask a machinest if they would build their own motor with them they will tell you NO!!!

one other thing is to use 210cc heads on a 383 with the hyd cam used and to make 440hp is all mismatched.
Your post makes not sense at all. Yes we build our engines here, and I never said these heads are top performers, compared to Dart and AFR. And we do sell them for $649.00 fully built. The flow numbers are decent with the exception of the 190 PC heads, I didn't say these heads have huge numbers, as most people building a 400hp plus or minus engine will see little advantage when going with high flowing heads. I sell the Dart Platinum Pro 1 heads, and sell very few of them even though I wrote a very good add on how improved they were over the early ones of a couple years ago. I personally like them very much, but they are very slow sellers for us.

Below is a comparison chart that's in every add I have on the PC heads. I don't show the PC heads as being better than the better heads on the market.

300 400 500 600 650 700
DART 230 Intake 188.6 233.5 267.1 280. 0 281.0 281. 0
Exhaust 148. 2 176.3 191.9 201.0 201.2 201.2

PROCOMP 210: Intake 161.6 206.5 240.2 260.4 264.9 264.9
Exhaust 131.0 148.2 152.8 152.8 152.8 152.8

Fully CNC'D 220: Intake 195.0 236.0 258.0 274.0 278.0 281.0
Exhaust 150.0 175.0 193.0 203.0 206.0 209.0

DART 200: Intake 191.0 231.0 256.0 258.0 258.0 264.0
Exhaust 140.0 168.0 184.0 192.0 195.0 200.0

Of course most machinests will not use them on their own motor, as every one of them I know goes all out on what they build for them selves, and have access to high end heads, not to mention they build the engines themselves.

210 heads to build a 383 with a hyd. cam is not mismatched at all.

The 190 heads that Procomp offers do have poor flow numbers, but this is not much of an issue on mild 350 buildups.

I don't want to hear another mention of how bad these heads are or that they have inferior metal. I sell $100,000.00 per month of these and have been for about two years, and have nearly zero problems with them. I've dynoed them to death on at least half a dozen combos, with great results. I run the cnc'd version on my 400 cid engine and make 535hp at 10.5:1 comp. ratio on pump gas. Car goes 10.6 in the quarter. Have made no less than 80 passes at the track, drove it thousands of miles on the street.

I have never said these heads are the top performers, but they certainly have a place in the hotrod community.
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I don't want to hear another mention of how bad these heads are or that they have inferior metal.
Do you know whether or not they're heat treated to T-6? And, what are the seat material as well as the guide material, if you happen to know off hand.
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I really don't know if they are heat treated to this number. According to our head builder the seat material is just as it should be. We have encountered no problems with these heads. I did an intentional overheat test on them once, and never harmed them. We were doing a fan off test to see how long it took our new Super 16 fan to cool the engine back down. We ran the engine to 235 for several minutes. Then my driver did an unintentional overheat on them by forgetting to turn the fan on. The engine went to 245 for several minutes.
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I really don't know if they are heat treated to this number. According to our head builder the seat material is just as it should be. We have encountered no problems with these heads.
Fair enough. I didn't expect you to know everything there is to know about them, however I'd appreciate it if you could run the questions by your machinist to see if he has any input.

I'd expect the seats to be cast iron and the guides bronze/bronze alloy. The material the heads are made from is A356? Not every shop is equipped w/the instrument to test the heat treat, but your guy might very well be equipped to do just that. But I'd like confirmation if possible.

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Mind sharing where the block comes from?
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Here is a link on some very impressive heads with great flow numbers, in as much as they are only 218.5 runner size, (rounded to 220) These heads make huge power on several buildups we have done. They are slightly different than what I have in my car, and I can't wait to try them on our new 421cid engine program.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=350298925552
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Mind sharing where the block comes from?
If you mean the one we use on our Stage 2 and 3 engines, They are from GM Performance div. They are the latest version of the Bowtie block. We did get a great deal on them, and would not be able to sell them for this price otherwise.
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Here is a link on some very impressive heads with great flow numbers
I will say this: It's evident that you believe what you are saying. In that regard it passes the 'smell test' for me, anyway. Granted, you are making your cabbage selling them. But I just don't detect any intentional deception- and that's appreciated.
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block description says you have them bored to 4.125", standard 400 bore size. Then you run 4.030" pistons in them... Is piston slap a problem?
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I know it was a cheap shot, but anyone selling offshore parts is going to be scrutenized. And his ad states several times that he is running a 4.125" bore.

something's not adding up.

As Cobalt stated though Skip appears to firmly believe he is giving a good value, and if it is all machined right and made of decent material it very well may be.
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block description says you have them bored to 4.125", standard 400 bore size. Then you run 4.030" pistons in them... Is piston slap a problem?
Yes we are running the 4.030 pistons in the 4.125 block, and did assume a little piston slap, and rattle, but one thing for sure is, them pistons go in the block so easy. We can't seem to get the engine to start.

Na, it's a type O as you must know. We offer this block in several bore sizes, and used the same add, but didn't get the specs matching throughout the add.
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Can you get the engine built to any desired bore size? Is there an additional charge to run a 4.125" bore- essentially a 400?

If those heads can be proved to be up to snuff you may have a pretty solid package there, granted its nothing extradorinary but at that price its a pretty good deal if the materials and machining are quality.

decent crank, decent, rods, good pistons, good bearings, decent cam, good block. all at a pretty nice price.

I would change a few things if I was building it (namely heads and cam), but perhaps its not such a bad deal for some people.
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